Eggplant Oriented Psychiatric Treatment by Alison Hymes
The president of the APA now claims to be "recovery" oriented as does NAMI,
the CSB psychiatrist on behalf of Western State hospital and the UVA
psychiatric nurse administrator and I know each of them is as recovery
oriented as Bush is oriented towards cleaning our air and water. Yet another
concept stolen as Sylvia Caras points out so I revert to eggplant oriented
treatment trusting the powers that want to be over us won't steal it as a
Now some people are going to prefer avocado oriented treatment instead, and
I think that's fine, because I am all about choice for all of us who have so
far survived the degradations of the MH system. And a few may prefer
licorice stick oriented treatment, and again I support them in their choice
although it is not mine.
What will eggplant oriented treatment look like? Choice above all. Choice
not to engage in treatment at all, choice to engage in some aspects and not
others and to drop out at any point of our own choosing without
repercussions of any kind, choice of what we want and think works for us
rather than what is convenient, comfortable and/or profitable for providers
Freedom. Respect. Dignity. Truth telling. Truly informed consent. And end to
the paradigm that says madness is worse than ruined health and poverty and
death. Ability to accept difference, that we may not respect authority
particularly and that that is not a pathology but instead a characteristic
to be left alone and respected.
An end to slander and generalizations and any phrase that starts out "all
people with mental illness" or "jails are mental institutions".
And end to fake consumers who are really NAMI parents and siblings in
disguise posing to take our places at decision making tables.
A demand for customer service and respect from providers or we leave.
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The ZyprexaKills wiki has issued a call for editorial submissions:
We are requesting submissions for editorials and op-eds about this issue
(500-750 words, maximum). Please send all submissions to zyprexa-discuss at
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one. Ideas for possible op-ed topics include:
The importance of the "prior restraint" doctrine in the First Amendment
The effects of omniscient surveillance on whistleblowing
The growing threat of soft censorship, and the incongruity between
outrage at overt oppressive censorship and the complacency for the form it
takes in a modern liberal democracy.
The relationship between anonymity and freedom of speech
Critiques of the psychiatric medical model of mental illness
A call for pharmaceutical companies to pledge the equivalent of the
Hippocratic oath, so they are answerable to something other than the bottom
Advocating for a pro-choice position towards psychopharmaceuticals, not
the paternalistic, Big Daddy Pharma (and Mama Lilly) knows best
The dangers of sales people hawking dangerous, psychiatric medication to
general internists, even if its on-label
The slippery slope of zyprexa prescriptions and usage
The rationale behind FDA regulations and reviews of pharmaceutical
The dangers of off-label marketing of drugs
Corporate responsibility and culpable negligence
The abuse of Medicare by predatory pricing practices
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